SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — As the 2012-2013 school year draws to a close, Lakeside students are still performing at their best. Most notably, a group of 29 juniors were recently rewarded for their hard work, academic success and devotion to their school and community.
On April 25, the best and the brightest of the class of 2014, were inducted into the Lakeside High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. Those inducted were Kenneth Anderson, Karen Barrientos, Kayla Beckwith, Leah Brady, Benjamin Bunnell, Zoey Campbell, Kaytee Candela, Taylor Cochran, Kyle Conel, Anthony DeGeorge, Caleb Garcia, Sarah George, Calvin Haines, Sharisse Hunt, Kayla Johnston, Michael Krengulec, Felicia Leonard, Tyler Loftus, Nicholas Meola, Teddy Milbrandt, Marisol Morales, Erin Nolan, Elizabeth Riddell, Corinne Schoren, Katelyn Spencer, Scott Stadler, Andrew Steen, Taylor Thome and Garrett Vaught. As members of National Honor Society, these students are expected to serve as role models for their peers by upholding the principles of the group: Service, Scholarship, Leadership and Character.
The inductees were selected by an anonymous committee based on their excellent academic performance, respect for others, service within the community and leadership skills. The committee, made up of random, anonymous teachers, is in charge of choosing only the most honorable and active members of the class of 2014. All students with a 3.5 GPA or higher are allowed to apply for enrollment in National Honor Society. They must complete an application detailing their work experience, volunteering experience, extracurricular activities, leadership roles and other important activities in their lives. The committee then gives relevant faculty members a questionnaire to complete on each student. The committee studies every student, ranking them on the four principles of NHS, before selecting the best of the applicants to represent the prestigious organization.
“I felt anxious waiting for the letter to come in the mail because I heard about the rigorous selection process,” said Kayla Johnston.
After their initial acceptance into the organization, the promising students are expected to maintain the high standards of the organization. Inductees must maintain a 3.5 GPA, as well as maintain their honorable reputations. National Honor Society takes breaches of character very seriously. Even one instance of skipping school can be grounds for dismissal.
Since service is a central component of the National Honor Society, each member is responsible for completing 35 service hours by the time he or she graduates. Every year, the group also organizes a collective service project. This year, the graduating seniors and the new members are assembling care packages to send to American troops overseas. Throughout the month of May, the students will be collecting various donations, from snacks to T-shirts to calling cards. They hope to boost the morale of our dedicated soldiers serving abroad.
“For as much as our soldiers do for us defending our nation, it’s only just that we give back to them as much as we can,” said senior Nick Senita, president of Lakeside NHS.
“This senior class set the bar high. They truly are dedicated to leadership, scholarship, service and character,” said Lynne Montgomery, co-advisor of Lakeside NHS, at the induction ceremony on April 25. “The junior class is going to have to step it up to surpass them.”